My Own Personal Jaw-Drop Scale
April 2, 2019 ·


The FDA shakes its fist once again at the manufacturers of homeopathic products: …the homeopathic industry has continued to grow, and we need to continue to address, consistent with our current enforcement policies, situations where products labeled as homeopathic are being marketed for serious diseases and/or conditions where the products haven’t been shown to offer …

Cast into the Sun to Melt in Agony for All Eternity
April 1, 2019 ·


It’s April Fools’ Day and I hate it. So does Mark Serrels at CNet: I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that, in a universe where outlandish garbage occurs every single day, April Fools’ should be cast into the sun to melt in agony for all eternity. In 2019, in this universe, April Fools’ …

We Are Not Dumb (Mostly)
March 29, 2019 ·


A new Pew survey shows that Americans’ basic science knowledge isn’t as bad as it’s often made out to be, but it’s not great, either. Interestingly, Democrats and Republicans are pretty much even in terms of scientific literacy, with liberal Democrats narrowly leading the other three categories (conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans, and moderate Democrats), and …

Queen Esther Reboot
March 28, 2019 ·


James Alex Fields Jr., the Nazi who murdered Heather Heyer and injured 35 other people with his car, plowing into them at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” white supremacist march, pleads guilty to 29 counts of federal hate crimes, and prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty. This comes after Fields’ state murder …

Crushed by the Oncoming Freight Train
March 27, 2019 ·


It’s time Americans wake up and confront the real conspiracy that is tearing this country apart: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has clearly faked her birth time in order to get a more favorable astrological natal chart! People on Twitter said so!!! (Ocasio-Cortez herself has not responded to these serious charges, which tells you EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO …

How Common Are Mass Shootings? The Nature and Frequency of Mass Shootings
March 27, 2019 ·


This is the first part of a three-part series examining mass shootings from a critical thinking and media literacy perspective. With the recent tragic attacks against Muslims in New Zealand by an Australian white supremacist, the world once again turns its attention to mass shootings. It’s a subject that has captivated America for years, with …

Spending Time Being Hyper-Defensive
March 26, 2019


At FiveThirtyEight, Maggie Koerth-Baker has some bad news about conspiracy theories: They have been and likely always will be with us, and at least one guy says we shouldn’t want them to go away completely: “I don’t think so,” [University of Winchester psychology professor Michael] Wood said. “I’m sure some people would disagree with me …

Perma-Crisis
March 25, 2019


Mississippi officially bans abortion after a the time a fetal heartbeat could theoretically be detected during an ultrasound, around six weeks, which is before many women are even aware that they’re pregnant. These laws tend to get blocked by the courts, but things being how they are, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. To make …

The Detriment of Society as a Whole
March 22, 2019


According to the General Social Survey, as analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, “nones” are now statistically tied with evangelicals and Catholics for largest “belief” group in the United States. And technically, according to the decimals, nones are number one. New on the Point of Inquiry podcast: Jim Underdown interviews climate expert …

Nocebo: Placebo’s Evil Twin
March 22, 2019


Nocebo is sometimes referred to as “placebo’s evil twin,” “negative placebo effects,” or “the other side of placebo.”  Nocebo effects are negative effects that are induced by nocebos: fake, non-specific treatments, procedures, therapies, or medications. Studies suggest that nocebo effects can contribute to a variety of medical symptoms, including adverse events in clinical trials and …